Batten down the hatches; BMW’s new M5 CS is set to create a storm

THE 2021 BMW M5 CS, which this week made its world premiere, is set to storm Australian roads in strictly limited numbers from mid-year, with just 20 examples of the 467kW monster headed down under.

The new super sedan from BMW M is a game changer. The most powerful M car ever built, it will offer standout driving attributes while also showcasing an exclusive and luxurious appearance.

Powered by a 4.4-litre M TwinPower turbo V8, the M5 CS achieves a superior balance between everyday usability, driving pleasure and high-level track performance. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds.

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Equipped with an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, it’s 0.3 seconds faster than the standard M5 Competition. The special-edition model needs just 10.4 seconds to reach 200 km/h from rest.

This is thanks to a rigorous commitment to lightweight design, with a reduction of 70kg over the BMW M5 Competition, as well as bespoke chassis tuning, and the M xDrive system, with its centralised and intelligent control approach for the Active M Differential.

Four people can enjoy the superlative driving experience served up by the BMW M5 CS, two in the multi-adjustable, weight-saving M Carbon seats in the front and two in the individual rear seats. Each black Merino leather seat features Mugello Red panels.

The outline of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit is displayed on the head restraints. Front seat restraints also have illuminated M5 logo. The rim of the M Alcantara steering wheel is wrapped in the race-derived material from which it takes its name.

A centre marker perforation with red background represents another classical race car touch. The gearshift paddles are made from carbon fibre and the steering wheel spokes have Black Chrome trim.

Alcantara is also used for the headliner and provides a premium look and feel. A fixed cover, which sits atop the centre console where an armrest with opening lid are usually found, brings about a significant weight reduction.

It integrates red double stitching to add to the cabin’s luxurious ambience. The colour red is also used for the CS badging on the instrument panel and between the bucket-style seats in the rear.

The M seat belts feature red and blue contrast stitching in another nod to the famous BMW M colours. These hues also feature in an M5 badge on the velour M floor mats with bespoke piping and in the illuminated M5 CS badge on the door sill finishers.

The BMW M5 CS cuts an unmistakable figure with exclusive interpretations of BMW icons. These include the BMW kidney grille surround in Gold Bronze and the L-shaped light tubes of the BMW Laser headlights, the 20-inch M forged wheels, and M gills on the front wing.

The door sill finishers feature illuminated M5 CS badges, while the bonnet is made entirely from carbon fibre and features air vents with applications in exposed carbon fibre.

The splitter on the front apron, exterior mirror caps, additional rear spoiler on the boot lid and the rear diffuser are also fashioned from carbon fibre. These parts, in addition to their aerodynamic function, also help to achieve the car’s weight reduction.

The M5 CS sports exhaust system’s quartet of stainless-steel tailpipes have an even more focused appearance than those of the BMW M5 Competition too.

In addition to M Brands Hatch Grey metallic, the special-edition model can also be ordered with the exclusive BMW Individual matte paint finishes Frozen Brands Hatch Grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

Further refinement of the chassis and special track tyres help the BMW M5 CS to deliver supreme levels of agility and an incomparable driving experience. The M xDrive system allows the car’s handling characteristics to be modified in stages.

The driver can choose between variable all-wheel-drive mode (4WD), with its rear-biased baseline setup, through to a pure rear-wheel-drive setting (2WD), without intervention from the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

Handling agility becomes even sharper in 4WD Sport mode, when the system directs a greater proportion of engine torque to the rear wheels. The result is even more precise responses under hard driving on the track.

The M5 CS comes standard with high-performance tyres, but can be fitted at no cost with mixed-size Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres, measuring 275/35 R20 at the front and 285/35 R20 at the rear. M Carbon ceramic brakes deliver outstanding stopping power.

Piriced at $305,900 plus on-roads, the 2021 BMW M5 CS will be sold exclusively via the BMW Shop online store.

Batten down the hatches; as BMW's new M5 CS will create a storm
2021 BMW M5 CS interior (overseas model shown)
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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